Are You Under-Editing Your Images?

The vast majority of the time, we talk about the dangers of over-editing your images. However, just as much as you can over-edit an image, you can stray too far in the other direction and under-edit them as well. This excellent video discusses five signs that you may be under-editing your landscape photos.

Coming to you from Mark Denney, this helpful video talks about five signs that you may be under-editing your landscape images. No doubt, we have all been guilty of over-editing our images at one time or another. Whether it is adding too much saturation, oversharpening, or a range of other things, it is very easy to take an edit too far. In fact, I talk about why it happens and how you can help prevent it in this article. However, I know that I have personally been guilty of letting the pendulum swing too far in the other direction, and that is just as frustrating, as you can end up wasting the potential of a great image. Check out the video above for Denney's full thoughts.

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi." 

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Deleted Account's picture

The first two images are pretty underwhleming. When he threw up his flat colors image I thought "why are you even wasting your time with that?"

Is this how it works now? Mediocre photographers making YouTube content to convince people they are subject matter experts?

Edit: I looked at his IG (all of it), as I was aware I may have been overly critical. His work is certainly competent, but I've seen it a million times before, and there is not a single image which held my attention or that I remember.

Anyway, three pretty average images in the video by 4 minutes; I don't have the patience.

Kevin Dahl's picture

I dont think he has ever proclaimed himself as a subject matter expert. These Youtube guys are simply providing content with their point of views and what works for them. I cant remember ever hearing "You need to do this or your wrong". 108k followers, i think hes doing ok for himself. I dont particularly care for all his videos but i pick something up from time to time. I mean, look at Peter McKinnon, his photos are not amazing but he's making a living off of Youtube and i enjoy his videos.

Deleted Account's picture

I don't think you comprehend basic marketing.

Also, an appeal to popularity is fallacious.

Kevin Dahl's picture

I dont think you comprehend the purpose of Fstoppers. As far as i know, its a place for people with a common interest to collaborate and learn. if you wanna be a troll, maybe keep it to facebook because to be honest with you friend, no one wants to see your negative posts(contrary to what you may think). If you dont like the content then go somewhere else, or better yet, keep you mouth shut because other people actually enjoy it. you can respond but i wont be reading it, i have no more time left in my day for you. go back under your bridge, have a nice day.

Deleted Account's picture

I was wondering what form of lame formulaic response you would come back with...

The "purpose of Fstoppers", as you so creatively phrased it, is to generate revenue.

Deleted Account's picture

Here you go:

Deleted Account's picture

"Is this how it works now? Mediocre photographers making YouTube content to convince people they are subject matter experts?"

I don't know where you've been, but that's how it's worked since the beginning...

Deleted Account's picture

Totally fair.

Peter Jones's picture

The images were admittedly mundane however IMO the aesthetic qualities of the images weren’t what was on offer, it was one man’s attempt to convey possible weaknesses in a workflow and his own approach to overcoming perceived deficiencies within L/R an application he is clearly at home with, in doing so the video was easy to follow, well paced, presented and explained without going over even my head.

anthony marsh's picture

So many articles about editing! Just call it what it is a manipulative option to render poor original images as well made. Advice to new people who want to become a photographer. Buy the cheapest used camera that you can find,buy some black and white film and shoot a few rolls. Even by trial and error you will learn the fundamentals of photography so that when you opt for the new digital machine you will have a foundation from which to proceed.Just remember,that cheap film camera will probably be still working when your digital wonder has become an expensive paperweight.